LAURINBURG — The sixth-seeded St. Andrews University women’s soccer team overcame an early deficit to keep its conference championship hopes alive Tuesday, defeating No. 11 Montreat 2-1 in overtime in the first round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament.
Senior midfielder Hayley Peck scored the go-ahead goal in the second minute of overtime off an assist from freshman forward Alex Freesland.
The Knights improved to 10-7-2 overall while the loss dropped the Cavaliers to 0-15-1.
Montreat got on the board first when Leah Morris notched a goal in the 7th minute. St. Andrews responded six minutes later with the equalizer when junior forward Nicole Bass headed in a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Anna Werneth.
Despite holding a 12-6 advantage in shots at the half, the Knights had to wait until the extra period to find the back of the net once more. At one point in the second half, Werneth beat goalkeeper Melina Wilkinson but missed the potential go-ahead shot wide.
But the Knights kept their collective cool, and thanks to Peck’s goal were able to quickly finish the Cavaliers off in overtime.
St. Andrews outshot Montreat 31-8 for the match. Werneth, Bass, and freshman Madi Castro led the team with five shots each.
Freshman keeper Gianna Annichiarico made six saves on seven shots. Wilkinson had 11 saves for the Cavaliers.
St. Andrews will travel to Georgia Saturday to play the AAC’s No. 3 seed, Point, in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Mandeville picks up 100th win
LAURINBURG — St. Andrews volleyball coach Holly Mandeville earned her 100th career NAIA victory Tuesday, as her Knights swept Columbia College 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 at Harris Court.
The win was the Knights’ 14th in their past 16 games, and they improved to 18-8 overall and 12-6 in the AAC. The defeat dropped the Koalas to 12-14 and 9-9 against conference foes.
St. Andrews is one win away from tying its most in a season in program history — the Knights recorded 19 victories in 2006.
Against Columbia, junior outside hitter Tessa Smith had her 12th double-double of the season, racking up 14 kills and 12 digs. Senior setter Jaden Lynch added 38 assists and seven digs. Sophomore outside hitter Angelica Arroyo had 10 digs, two blocks and seven digs.
St. Andrews will host Milligan Friday at 6:30 p.m. Both teams are 12-6 in conference play, and the winner will take sole possession of third place in the standings.
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